Wanderers not getting the rub of the green
‘IT JUST seems to be, every time a green and white jersey-maybe I’m getting paranoid-and people will say “he’s off again on one” but it’s not. Study them. Have a look at them. It doesn’t take rocket science to see some of the decisions that are going against us are wrong decisions.’
This was the statement that caused the panellists on Monday Night Soccer to dismiss Eddie Gormley’s post-match comments after Bray Wanderers 1-0 defeat to Finn Harps as a conspiracy theory, but cast your mind back over the season and although it is highly unlikely the FAI have a hidden agenda against the Co. Wicklow side, the incorrect decisions given against the Seagulls certainly outweigh the incorrect decisions given for Bray Wanderers.
Cast your mind back to the night of April 11, and Gormley’s side were taking on champions elect Bohemians. An early Alan Cawley penalty was cancelled out by a penalty given for a ‘foul’ by Gary Cronin, and the Dubliners had an undeserved point while Bray were left wondering how they didn’t get three.
A week before that Bray host strugglers Harps and were on the back of as number of bad results. Paddy Kavanagh’s opportunistic strike early in the second half gave his side a vital lead, before a bad refereeing decision gave Harps a 12-yard spot-kick. Fortunately for Bray, Chris O’Connor saved the penalty.
Then just last Friday, Mark Duggan was penalized for his actions in the box, although it was as they say six of one and half a dozen of the other. Also the question must be asked was the ball actually within playing distance when the foul was given.
People say these things even themselves out over the season however so you also have to look at the other side of things and Derek Foran’s superb ‘save’ against Drogheda on May 9 immediately springs to mind, with the referee and his assistants all somehow missing the incident which would have left Drogs with a numerical advantage and a penalty, which surely would’ve given them the three points.
It could also be argued that Bray had the rub of the green in Cobh July 26 when that farcical penalty decision was given against Bray before the officials realized their horrendous error and gave Bray the free-kick, but that would be clutching at straws.
So having looked back over the events of the season so far, perhaps some MNS panellists may owe a certain Eddie Gormley an apology.
Back to last Friday’s night match, and the match winner summed up the hectic final period of the game very well.
‘Last ten minutes anything could’ve happened because they were down to ten men and they’d nothing to lose whereas, it was probably more important for us to win than them.’
And his gaffer, although clearly delighted with the win, kept his mind firmly focussed on getting the points they needed to secure their Premier Division status.
‘We need at least another two wins I think. I think we need to hit that 30-point mark and hope that other teams don’t pick up points along the way as well.’
That 30 point mark is agonizingly close for Bray, who just need a draw to reach it and they still have to play both Galway and Cobh later in the season. The point may come this week when they face trips to Bohemians (Friday, live on RTE2) and Shamrock Rovers (Tuesday), but it won’t be easy.